Veterinary Immunology: An Introduction, 8th Edition
Ian R. Tizard, PhD, BSc, BVMS, Diplomat, ACVM

VSPN Review by Vicki Hayden, CVT Star
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This text, in publication for over 30 years, is “recommended without reservation” as the immunology reference of choice for its concise handling of fundamental concepts (Veterinary Record, 2009). The eighth edition closely follows the format of previous editions with some small, but significant changes. These include new information on vaccines and vaccine-associated adverse reactions, innate immunity, and NK cells. The first part of the book retains its composition as a basic immunology review, with the second half covering the application of the concepts presented in the first. The author directs readers to the publisher's "Evolve" website which offers multiple-choice study questions, an image collection of illustrations from the text with additional animated diagrams, references linked to PubMed, and monthly updates from current literature in immunology.

Chapters are organized in smaller “bites” than other texts allowing for better comprehension. A miniaturized table of contents opens each chapter followed by key points to be covered.Clear discussion of the topic is illustrated by good use of diagrams, tables, and clinical pathology photographs which include scanning electron microscopy images. Resources for further study (including bibliographies) conclude each chapter rather than the typical lengthy listing placed at the end of the book. Useful topics of appendices and tables include an annotated list of CD molecules, cytokines, some common abbreviations used in immunology, and examples of Greek letters used to denote molecules. A much-needed comprehensive glossary and detailed index completes the text.

Of special interest to me as a veteran of several clinical pathology laboratories is the chapter on immunodiagnostic methods. Theory and technique are described alongside photographs of some very familiar and recognizable testing devices, and more esoteric procedures that veterinary technicians may only know hypothetically or by their name on the laboratory request form. Other chapter subjects of interest include inflammation, antigens, lymphocytes, macrophages, T- and B-cells, hypersensitivity, autoimmunity, immunologic diseases and deficiencies, and drugs and other factors affecting the immune system.

The book is a very good resource, but should be considered primarily as a textbook. It would be a valuable addition to the veterinary hospital library. Its readable style will enhance good practice for any staff so inclined to spend the time researching its concepts.

Saunders Elsevier: St Louis MO © 2009

574 pages, softbound

ISBN: 978-1-4160-4989-0

Date Published: May 14, 2012

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